The General Teaching Council (GTC) for England, their equivalent of Ireland’s Teaching Council, has ceased operations. From tomorrow, April 1st, the responsibilities for all of their activities is to be transferred to a “Teaching Agency” within the Department for Education. Michael Gove, England’s Education Secretary in the Coalition government, announced in June 2010 that the government was to abolish the organisation. He said he was “deeply sceptical” of the GTC’s purpose and benefit to teachers, and believed it “does little to raise teaching standards or professionalism”. He further stated that “I believe this organisation does little to raise teaching standards or professionalism. Instead it simply acts as a further layer of bureaucracy while taking money away from teachers.”

In a statement on its website today, the GTC says:

“From 1 April 2012, the Teaching Agency , a new executive agency of the Department for Education (DfE), will be the body responsible for the following activities in England:

•The award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

•The issue of induction certificates

•Hearing induction appeals

•The regulation of the teaching profession

 There will be no requirement to register with the new Teaching Agency and no registration fee following the GTC’s abolition.”

If this is what is happening to the equivalent of Ireland’s Teaching Council, should the same idea be considered in this jurisdiction? Indeed, if this was to happen in Ireland, it would be music to the ears of thousands of teachers as the Teaching Council remains deeply unpopular, largely due to the annual renewal fee of €90 (which is due to be reduced to €65 from next year). What do you think? Should we follow the example of England and abolish the Teaching Council? Share your views by adding a comment below. If it’s your first time to comment on the site, your comment will not appear automatically until it’s been verified that the comment is not spam. After that, you’ll be able to comment as much as you wish.